I am Costin Miu, a mountain guide, and I trained and guided people, among others on Kilimanjaro (5895m), Aconcagua (6972m), Everest Base Camp (5380m), Annapurna Circuit Trek (5420m), Island Peak (6189m). From 2013, every summer I trained mountain enthusiasts for the Alps: Mont Blanc (4810m), Monte Rosa (Dufourspitze, 4633m), Breithorn W (4164m) and Matterhorn (4475m), perhaps the most desirable peak of the Alps. In 2015, I launched the Mont Blanc Challenge, the only personal development program in Romania based on altitude climbing, followed by ALPS Challenge.
My guide philosophy is “Safety. Fun. Summit “and is inspired by Ed Viesturs, one of the world’s greatest climbers and guides.
In my view, safety is the most important thing on the mountain. The purpose of a mountain guide is to bring people back home healthy and in one piece, not to take them to the top at any cost.
I think it’s very important to come back with beautiful memories of an expedition. There is a great deal of improbability around reaching the summit, which is why the time you spend on the mountain should be pleasant enough to positively remember that experience, even if you have not reached the peak.
At the end, the summit is reached, which I consider less important than the trip. Most of the time, crossing the limits and leaving the comfort zone begin and take place long before the expedition itself, so I see the summit as the crowning of a process, not just a one-week or one-night effort. I think training should be heavier than the expedition itself, because an optimal physical training leaves only two uncontrollable factors: the weather and, in the case of the high mountains, the acclimatization process.